The Environment Agency is warning communities across the south-east to prepare for further flooding as more heavy rainfall hits the region today (Thursday) and tomorrow.

 

There is a Flood Warning – the second most severe – in place on the borough's southern edge, for the Colne Brook which starts life in Uxbridge Moor at St John's Road, and winds its way south.

The communities of Colnbrook, Horton and Wraysbury are included, so if levels rise, the warning could spread as water backs up.

 

A Flood Alert is still in place for the lower River Colne and Fray's River in Uxbridge and West Drayton, since it was imposed on January 29.

The warning follows the wettest January on record in some places, further rainfall on saturated ground and high river levels could also lead to further flooding, and the agency is asking people to be vigilant.

There are no alerts on the River Pinn in force today.

Rivers across the south-east are very sensitive to rainfall. Rivers including the Thames, into which the Colne disgorges, have risen in response to the recent rain.

There are 24 Flood Warnings and 114 Flood Alerts in place across the south-east. A Flood Warning means that flooding of property is expected and that people should take action to prepare.

David Bedlington, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Once again we are seeing further bands of heavy rainfall sweeping across the south-east, and this is only going to add to the current floods affecting many communities already.

“Our advice is to stay out of flood water and don’t try to drive through it – just 30 cms can wash a car away.

"We will be issuing further warnings over the coming days to those communities that are likely to be affected, so people need to take action immediately so they can protect their property as best they can."

Advice and guidance about flooding is available on the Environment Agency website and from Floodline on 0845 988 1188. For the latest info follow the Environment Agency on Twitter @EnvAgencySE.

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Pictures taken around Black Jack's Cottage area of Harefield by reader Mike Gordon.